Journey across Australia during an exceptional five-week program that takes engineering students to some of the most stunning destinations in the country while examining the importance of energy and sustainability. In conjunction with the University of New South Wales, Australia’s top university for energy research and development, the program offers an unparalleled opportunity for students to study new advancements in lower-emission fossil fuels, energy efficiency, renewable energy technologies and more from leading faculty in the field. With stays in Australia’s most intriguing cities and regions, including Sydney, Melbourne and Cairns by the Great Barrier Reef, students will always be exploring both literally and academically.


Summer Program


Mid June - Late July (Five weeks)

2.8 GPA to apply


Traveling Program: Byron Bay, Darwin - Kakadu, Melbourne, Sydney, Cairns - Great Barrier Reef

On-Campus Student Housing
Quality Youth Hostels

3 - 6 credits


Learn from faculty members at the University of New South Wales, Australia’s leading university for energy research and development

Traverse the country staying in some of Australia’s top locations, including Byron Bay, Darwin, Kakadu National Park, Melbourne, Sydney and Cairns by the Great Barrier Reef

Conveniently schedule studying abroad into your academic experience during the summer months

Visit a cutting edge wind farm and see firsthand how Australia maximizes wind resources

Spend a night under the stars at a campsite in one of the country’s most sacred Aboriginal sites, Kakadu National Park an opportunity few Australians have experienced

Make the most of traveling not only with university faculty, but also TEAN support staff from both the U.S. and Australia for continued guidance and expert instruction throughout the program


About the course

Engineering students have the unique opportunity to explore energy and sustainability firsthand as it applies to both Australia and the rest of the world with a focus on new developments in energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. The program is structured with a combination of lectures, tutorials, laboratory work, demonstrations, site visits, computer simulations, assignments and discussion periods.

The University of New South Wales (UNSW)

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) is recognized as the top university for energy research and development in Australia with many of the research groups among the world leaders in their field. Various UNSW lecturers will cover the following topics: World Energy, Energy and Environmental Implications, Energy and Sustainable Development, Energy and the Built Environment, Emerging Energy Technologies, Energy Storage, Energy and the Process Industries, and Renewable Energy.


Dr. Chris Marquis
If you stumble across Chris Marquis on the beautiful University of New South Wales campus, your discussion may touch on one of his many areas of expertise (like the production and purification of hydrogen gases), the direction of UNSW’s Recombinant Products Facility of which he is founder and current director, or perhaps how his favorite rugby team has been getting along. Dr. Marquis is a trained biochemical engineer with a long track record of collaborative research reaching into areas such as optimizing bioprocesses for recombinant protein production and development of antibodies to food allergens, as well as projects at the interface of nanomaterials and biology. When not acting as a liaison between UNSW and Bioenergy Australia, he may also be found hanging out with his two children, creating his own special blend of wine or hitting the slopes on skis.

Dr. Iain MacGill
Dr. Iain MacGill is the Joint Director (Engineering) of the Centre for Energy and Environmental Markets (CEEM) and an Associate Professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications at the University of New South Wales. His main research interests are in the policy and technical frameworks required for integrating renewable energy technologies into power system planning and operation. Iain has a decade of experience in the energy sector and undertakes consulting work for a range of government and industry clients. Just as you would expect of a true outdoorsy Australian, you may find Iain out early in the day hitting the waves on his surfboard or out for a jog. Iain also makes sure students have their sugar fix taken care of by supplying plenty of local favorite cookies (biscuits in Australia).

Transcript & Credits

Upon completion of the course you will be issued with a University of New South Wales academic transcript. The course is worth 6 UNSW credits which usually translates as 4 – 8 U.S. credits.  The course consists of 75 hours of class contact time over five weeks comprising field trips, lectures and presentations.



From visiting wind farms in Melbourne to sleeping under the stars in one of Australia’s most beautiful national parks, TEAN’s Energy Tomorrow program offers students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to not only gain hands-on knowledge and experience regarding today’s of energy and sustainability but also travel across the country over five full summer weeks.   

Byron Bay

The program commences in laidback Byron Bay where water, sand and sun collide. Here you’ll become familiar with your course material, instructors and fellow students while enjoying an included kayak trip with dolphins, a visit to the volcanic remnant Mt. Warning, and optional activities like snorkeling or horseback riding.

Darwin – Kakadu

Next, it’s on to Darwin for a four-day camping expedition to the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park to experience its spectacular scenery and distinctive flora and fauna. Home to some of the country’s most sacred Aboriginal sites, not many Australians can say that they have visited Darwin or Kakadu National Park as they are truly off-the-beaten path.


On the way to Sydney, we make a stop in Melbourne to experience the creative city and  visit a number of academically relevant sites including an urban farming initiative and impressive wind farm. Considered the cultural center of Australia, you’ll enjoy winding your way through Melbourne’s artistic laneways and covered arcades (shops) while indulging in the city’s vibrant cafe scene..


After Melbourne, for weeks three and four, the program will be based at The University of New South Wales (UNSW) campus, located just 20 minutes from downtown Sydney and within walking distance from the beachside suburb of Coogee.

Cairns – Great Barrier Reef

From Sydney, we’ll move to  the tropical far north of Australia to Cairns, the only place in the world where reef meets rainforest. Here students will finish up their course and take part in a field excursion to a renewable energy site before enjoying a few free days to relax and take advantage of the region’s variety of outdoor and adventure activities.



  • 2.8 GPA
  • Currently enrolled at an approved degree-granting institution of higher education.

Program Details


Students will be housed in a variety of accommodation styles when traveling, including shared budget-style accommodation, serviced apartments and a few nights camping.

Group Flight

International air travel and flights within Australia is organized through Qantas via our partner, STA Travel. Packages have been designed to allow students to spend time in the tropical north of Australia, at the Great Barrier Reef, at the completion of each program, or in New Zealand at little or no extra cost. Upon application participants will be provided complete airfare and booking details.

TEAN Staff

Throughout the program, students are joined by local TEAN staff along with U.S.-based TEAN staff who oversee the course and provide 24/7 support. Feel free to come to them with any questions or concerns you may have and make sure to ask them about what to do or where to go during your travels – they have plenty of insider recommendations!  

Dates, Fees & Inclusions

Summer 2016 Dates

June 17 – July 22

Summer 2016

Program Fees: USD $6,850

What’s Included

  • Tuition (6 UNSW credits; 4 – 8 U.S. credits)
  • All accommodation
  • Airport transfers and all course-related ground transport
  • TEAN Orientation upon arrival
  • Cultural events throughout the program, which have previously included sea kayaking in Byron Bay, an introduction to Australia’s outback by local indigenous guides and a walking tour of Sydney
  • UNSW student card allowing access to library facilities
  • Some meals
  • Program-specific excursions. For example, Energy students will find themselves visiting wind farms, uranium mines and other locations on the cutting edge of sustainable energy.
  • Staff and resources available 24/7 to provide assistance and recommendations during emergencies
  • Pre-departure planning sessions and assistance from U.S.-based TEAN staff including pre-departure guidance for students

What’s Not Included

  • Airfares (Budget approx $3,000)
  • Some meals



In addition to the current financial aid you receive, you may want to consider applying for one of the TEAN Summer Down Under scholarships. There will be a $1,000 scholarship available to the top applicant of the Energy Tomorrow program. Additionally, there will be one $2,500 scholarship awarded to the top applicant across both Summer Down Under programs. Refer to our Scholarships information for details.

We Love Australia

Nick Falzone

Program Manager

Byron Bay Tip
Awesome Falafel

Jonson and Lawson St. are filled with surf shops, outdoor restaurants and local artisans selling stones, gems, crystals and jewelry. Right off Jonson, on Bay Lane, you’ll find Orgasmic Food which serves the BEST falafel I’ve ever had. They also have a killer homemade lemonade. Catch them on the corner of Bay Lane and Jonson St., they’re usually handing out free samples to lure you in!


Where have you traveled through Asia Pacific?
I have traveled to Australia multiple times on work trips with TEAN. Outside of Australia I’ve had the incredible opportunity to visit Thailand and Singapore. We have a TEAN employee travel incentive program that encourages our team to spend holiday time in the countries where we work.

What has been a favorite memory from your travels?
During a free day while traveling with one of our summer programs in Australia, I swam in the Pacific ocean with sea turtles and tiger sharks. It was the first time I had scuba dived and it was so incredibly beautiful under the water. Our new Australian Orientation Excursion in Cairns includes an introductory dive on the Great Barrier Reef, so I hope all of our students get to share in the kind of experience I had.

What is your favorite travel or study abroad quote and why?
It’s some variation on “Everything you learned while you were abroad doesn’t stay where you studied. You will always have it with you and must apply it to your life back home.” I heard it during an Lessons From Abroad conference re-entry session and it truly was a turning point in getting over my post-program reverse culture shock.

What is your advice for a student who is on the fence about studying abroad?
Get off the fence and get onto a plane! Jokes aside, my advice would be to absolutely do it, against all odds. Traveling in general, but specifically studying abroad, shakes up your world in a way that only leaving your home country can. Your entire foundation of who you think you are and what the world is like is tilted, and you’re able to rebuild it all within completely new parameters. Studying abroad is still the most productive and transformative thing I’ve done.

What one song belongs on your ‘study abroad soundtrack’ and why?
If I have to give a shout out to only one; I’ll say Ribs by Lorde (who is from Auckland, New Zealand by the way). The song is hauntingly nostalgic and contemplative around youth and hanging onto precious memories, particularly from childhood. It’s a nod towards the days of being innocent. Studying abroad is akin to that same sentiment because it is a chance to be innocent, and new again, in your adult life. The experiences you have while studying abroad are invaluable and in the shock of it ending all you want is to get them all back to relive on repeat. The lesson is that you’ll never lose them; like childhood memories, they’ll always be with you.

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Shannon Diegel

Senior Program Manager

Sydney Tip
Coffee On Campus

There are a lot of great coffee stands around campus, two of our favorites are located outside of the UNSW Terrace accommodation and the coffee cart overlooking the Library lawn.  If you are lucky you might even be able to catch a band performing on the lawn while you get your beverage!


What inspired you to teach abroad in Thailand?
As I was about to graduate from school I knew that I wanted to work in International Education. I spoke with the study abroad office at my school to ask them for advice and they encouraged me to pursue more international experience. I knew I wanted to be challenged everyday and to go someplace very different from my current environment.

What did you learn about yourself living abroad?
Everyday I experienced something new. At first, I found that by not speaking the language I struggled to make new friends, but it pushed me outside of my comfort zone. It was hard for me to feel like myself, but through that I learned that it is okay to feel uncomfortable. I continued to work at making my new city home and eventually, I made some really great friends, developed my own community, and was able to enjoy my new city. When I left Bangkok it was as difficult (if not more difficult then when I left Chicago). Even years later I miss my neighborhood, my friends, and the food almost on a daily basis. I was able to make a home for myself in a completely different place than where I grew up and I learned I am lot more confident than I had given myself credit for.

What advice would you give to someone looking to break into the field of International Education?
I have found that there are so many people in International Education who are willing to sit down and have a talk with you and give advice. When I decided in college that I wanted to go into the field I met with the Provost of International Programs. Then when I came back from Thailand I met with some people at the University of Minnesota to ask them about their work on a daily basis and they sent me to go and meet with someone who worked at AFS-USA to gather a different perspective. Pretty much everyone that I asked to meet with me not only made the time to talk with me they also introduced me to someone else to speak with. It is from talking with people that I learned about SIT Graduate Institute and decided to apply for their Master’s program in International Education. It was a great environment to meet others who were passionate about the field of International Education and we all came from very different backgrounds which surprised me. So in general my advice is to talk to as many people as you can! While the industry can seem very small, I have found it to be a very friendly and welcoming place – so just do your research and ask someone to coffee.

What destination is next on your travel bucket list?
After working at TEAN, I want to see New Zealand next. I have learned so much about this country from working at TEAN. I am not sure if I would ever have enough courage to do the Nevis Bungee in Queenstown, but I am looking forward to the hikes, views, food, sheep, and wine tasting.

Kate Hilby

Senior Program Manager

Cairns Tip
Trinity Beach

Visit Trinity Beach, a picturesque beach where the locals frequent and only a 40-minute bus ride from downtown Cairns.  There are plenty of cafés around to grab lunch so you can make a day of it!


Tell us a little about what you do at TEAN?
I currently work on our New Zealand programs. My role as team lead and Program Manager is to make sure everything on these programs is running smoothly working with our team. It includes everything from making sure students have pre-departure information on time to making sure they submit all of the items they need to study abroad (i.e. transcripts, courses, contracts, arrival details, payments, visa confirmations).

Where did you study abroad?
I studied with TEAN in Melbourne, Australia at Deakin University. It’s a more traditional campus, just outside the city but being able to live in the city and commute gave me the best of both worlds. Honestly, Melbourne has something for everyone – think sporting events, art, music, theatre, comedy, laneway cafes/restaurants/bars, shopping, the list goes on. Melbourne is consistently ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities, so why wouldn’t you choose to study there? If you’re looking for a Melbourne equivalent in New Zealand, check out Wellington known as the coolest little capital in the world. It’s a smaller city, but that makes it an easy city to get around by foot. It’s a very accessible city for study abroad students.

What brought you back to Melbourne to live and work after graduation?
When I graduated, I knew I wanted to return to Australia. My time studying abroad had given me that exposure to living abroad and I wanted to spend more time there as a professional. For my career, It was great to gain work experience at a university abroad. I’m so glad I went down this path or I might not have ended up at TEAN today!

Packing for study abroad is always a challenge and popular topic, as a frequent flyer – what insider tips do you have for someone packing for the semester?
I’ve become pretty good at packing light over the years since there have been so many times earlier on where I’ve overpacked. I took half of my closet and never touched the majority of it. You will hear the advice – pack everything you think you’ll need then take half of it – and it’s so true. My other advice is to pack articles of clothing you can mix and match to create different outfits to help reduce items. Also try to keep the shoe situation under control, they take up a lot of room. Bring a couple pairs that are super versatile (and comfortable).

If you were going to study abroad tomorrow on a TEAN program where would you go?
I’m biased, but I would study on one of our New Zealand programs. Since working with our TEAN New Zealand students, I’ve had the opportunity to travel to New Zealand a few times and have visited all program locations. I’ve also done some traveling in the South Island. I would love the idea of going for a full semester, joining a tramping club on campus and getting out into the beauty of New Zealand in my free time!

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